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Brown Screening & Filmmaker Panel: "The Rape of Recy Taylor"


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Join the Swearer Center for a screening and panel discussion of the film, "The Rape of Recy Taylor." This film exposes the legacy of physical abuse inflicted upon black women and reveals Rosa Parks' intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story.

"Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old African-American sharecropper, was walking home from church in Abbeville, Ala., on the night of Sept. 3, 1944, when she was abducted and raped by six white men.

The crime was extensively covered in the black press and an early catalyst for the civil rights movement. The N.A.A.C.P. sent a young activist from its Montgomery, Ala., chapter named Rosa Parks to investigate. African-Americans around the country demanded that the men be prosecuted.

But the attack, like many involving black victims during the Jim Crow era in the South, never went to trial. Two all-white, all-male grand juries refused to indict the men, even though one of them had confessed." (New York Times.)

This event will feature a panel of the filmmakers:

Susan Margolin '85, Producer

Amy Tiemann '90, Executive Producer

Nancy Buirski, Writer & Director

Crystal Feimster, Yale Associate Professor of American Studies and feature in the film

Moderator: Professor Francois Hamlin, Associate Professor in History and Africana Studies at Brown University

Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyC7yHeFVZY